In The Runaway, Bengali auteur Ritwik Ghatak brings his unique gift for stylistic play and trenchant social observation to this story of a runaway child lost in the big city. Fed up with his authoritarian father’s mistreatment, the enterprising eight-year-old Kanchan runs away from his small village to Calcutta, where he discovers the delights and hardships of life among the urban underclass. The Runaway is a precursor to Parallel Cinema, a film movement that served as a critical counter to Bollywood fantasies of the 1960s and 1970s.
(Ritwik Ghatak, 1958, India, DCP, 124 min)
PART OF THE BLOCK CINEMA SERIES:
MORNING WILL COME: MODERNITY IN INDIAN CINEMA
India is home to the world’s most prolific and diverse film industries, and Bollywood movies, in particular, have found rapturous audiences from Russia to the Middle East. This series, presented as a complement to Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection, features seminal classics of Indian cinema that have rarely been projected in the United States. In addition to landmark films by Guru Dutt, Ritwik Ghatak, and Mrinal Sen, which consider postcolonial conflicts between tradition and modernity, the series will also feature a program dedicated to the Shabistan Film Archive.